New York City , Aug 31 - Thousands participated in organized civil disobedience and spontaneous protests in still another day of demonstrations surrounding the Republican National Convention in New York City. Today's actions, loosely coordinated and spread throughout Manhattan, were met by a massive and intolerant police force. Police arrested hundreds of nonviolent protesters in what one civil rights lawyer dubbed a clear policy of "pre-emption."
By Kelpie Wilson |
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Monday 30 August 2004
When history looks back, 2004 will turn out to be a remarkable year,
and not just for the unraveling of the lies and deceits of the Bush
presidency. Equally as significant is the emergence into public
prominence of certain scientific facts that have long been suppressed.
Two new realities are fast converging on the public consciousness
with what may be serendipitous timing: climate change and peak oil.
For the past several days the New York Police Department has used
heavy-handed tactics to harass, intimidate, and arrest predominantly
non-violent protestors. Unfortunately, but not atypically, non-Caucasian
dissenters are suffering the worst consequences.
While philosophers and scientists must, if they are to fulfill their station, be determined to penetrate the unknown and remove the convenient mysteries upon which mystification is built, the religious consistently seek out mystification. And there are plenty of priests, theologians, and divinity students to supply the religiously minded with "mystery" material. "Chosen People" is a self-mystifying term. Believers who are convinced that they are going to heaven while unbelievers go to hell are self-mystifying. Cult and clique members usually engage in similar superiority-ridden self-mystification.
The "war on terror" is an absolute fraud. It is a war designed specifically to mask the injustices and inequalities which afflict millions of Americans by aggravating and amplifying the injustices and inequalities inflicted upon millions of non-Americans. Its very existence represents continuous and ever-expanding victory for only the most vicious, opportunistic, and hateful elements among humanity, who will impose upon us tragedy upon tragedy, and terror upon terror, until we break cleanly and completely from the rotted chains of mindless fealty to false national leaders and forge links with those abroad whose friendships we have forgone for far too long.
Waves of autonomous, well-planned, yet unpermitted direct actions swept the streets of Manhattan today. They stopped traffic, performed street theater and crashed parties, striking fear in the hearts of delegates. While none of the actions today could claim to have brought down the walls of the Empire, they may have, through their boldness and volume, eroded some of the layers of its facade.
YELLOWKNIFE - An environmental activist says he's concerned the agency that will assess a Mackenzie Valley pipeline seems to be in a rush to get its work done.
'Co-operation for what, for speeding up the development?' - Kevin O'Reilly
Last week the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency announced a new round of money available to people who want to review the environmental impact statement for the pipeline.
The British Columbia government has served a trespass notice to native protesters occupying part of a golf course at the Sun Peaks resort
sevenoaksmag.com | August 31, 2004 |
Lorne Mayencourt, BC Liberal MLA, recently spent 5 nights living in the Downtown Eastside (DTES), getting an up close view of the lives of those his government has helped to keep in, or push into, abject poverty. Mayencourt
On Saturday, August 28, two busloads of OCAP members and supporters
traveled to the exclusive York Mills/Bayview area to confront a display of
Liberal arrogance. The luxurious home of Party supporter Joseph Kurian
was the venue for the "Red Hot Grits" BBQ - the biggest provincial Liberal
fundraising event of the year.
Fairmont Hotel (in Santa Barbara, California) security (assaulted) a 14 year old NYM warrior during a peaceful info rally which (led) to the arrest of two NYM Warriors.
Were I still young, innocent or academic enough to believe in things like
"paradigms," I'd say mine shifted this past weekend. For thirty rainy
hours outside unceded Kamloops in unceded British Columbia's unceded
interior, the fight for Native sovereignty leapt out from the realm of
white guilt, rhetorical device or empty analogy, and became a movement
that I witnessed; a reality that humbled me; a project in which I was
offered a small part to play. On Sunday, August 29, a group of nearly two
hundred Native and non-Native demonstrators led by grassroots Secwepemc
activists took to the sprawling and malignant Sun Peaks ski resort to
protest the expansion of the mini-Whistler and its centerpieces - the
Delta hotel and an incipient golf course.
Argentine police fired tear gas at about 2,000 demonstrators protesting a visit by International Monetary Fund Managing Director Rodrigo de Rato after several hundred stormed the central bank.
Convention in New York City, several hundred social justice and human rights activists have been arrested. Arrestees have been beaten by the police, subjected to insufferable jail conditions, and vilified by the mainstream media. Bail has been set as high as $200,000. Some of those arrested--people with immigrations issues, activists who have been injured in the course of the arrest--are in high risk situations and must be released from jail as soon as possible.
by Andrew Kennis; The NewStandard; August 29, 2004
A rally in New York City today to protest Starbucks Coffee's negative reaction to recent union organizing efforts ended with four arrests, including the detention of two Starbucks employees who are members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union branch 660 (IU 660).